Some thoughts on the social aspects that Greek crisis brought along…
I was watching TV the other day –one of the few times I did- and I bumped into a reportage about an Athenian public facility providing care service during the week days to kindergarten children whose parents can’t afford to raise them anymore. People who work there hadn’t been paid for many months and they were in frustration and disappointment due to the situation. One of the dominant opinions which got across was the disappointment to the government which in a time like this should primarily promote and support financially and ethically facilities such this. In addition to this, funds are being cut in a rate that seems to be every day from social institutions.
This story really stuck in my mind and made me think and realize that this is only one of the many facilities and institutions whose work got hit by the crisis. Funds for social institutions and programs, funds for infrastructures for people with special needs, financial allowances for vulnerable groups and even essential benefits for basic welfare amenities such as heating oil for schools or medical supplies for hospitals are significantly being reduced. Greek citizens face a cruel and inhumane reality which is especially enhanced by the provocative indifference by the Greek governmental actions for the social needs which is critical to be met.
But, as every coin has two sides, in a similar way each situation can trigger and lead to both negative and positive outcomes as well. So, what are the positive effects in this case? Well, there seems to be reinforcement on the social structural synapses among the Greek people, the development of a sense of unity and mutual help, a rebirth and enhancement of volunteering action and organizations, an awareness of our next door person needs. Another, pleasant yet surprising fact is the increase –at least as I have come to notice- and enhancement of cultural events with the participation of many people. It seems to be working as an antidote or even as a form of reaction and resistance to the black, dark cloud that has been spread above Greeks because of the crisis. Personally, I believe that such events are not an ostrich way of avoiding the realistic and serious issues that have arisen, but on the contrary they can perform as a toning injection to people’s psychology so that they can deal with a more effective and optimistic way their everyday situation.
Summarizing, one could say that the State continually wound and sacrifice vital social aspects of the country, whether this is called an institution, a vulnerable group or a social structure. On the other hand, this create the opportunity to Greek people to realize how important is mutual help and support to each other and that when united and activated they can stand for themselves and for their fellow people in need, resist and in some cases even replace the necessary, yet not always given, support from the State.